Turkey assault in northeastern Syria displaced 300,000: monitor

October 17, 2019

Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobani on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria, — AFP
Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobani on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria, — AFP

Most displaced people tried to move in with relatives in safer areas, some were sleeping rough in orchards and others in some of the 40 schools that have been turned into emergency shelters, Abdel Rahman said.

Turkey and its Syrian proxies launched a broad assault on Kurdish-controlled areas on October 9, after United States troops pulled back from the border and started withdrawing from the northeast altogether.

Dozens of civilians — mostly on the Kurdish side — have been killed since the start of the offensive, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to halt despite mounting international pressure.

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